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  • United Nations 70th Anniversary
    Celebrating the United Nations and the United Religions Initiative
    From April 25 to June 26 in 1945, delegates from 50 nations met in San Francisco to create a means of international cooperation in a world that had so recently been torn apart by World War II. In his welcome to the delegates, President Harry...
  • Muslims and Jews in conversation
    Phenomenology and interreligious encounter
    The encounter between religions is not quite the same as a meeting between two people. Although we talk about religious traditions as if they were distinct individuals, the reality is far more conplex. We find ourselves saying "Christianity...
  • Angelina Jolie meets with Yazidis
    Interfaith groups unite in call for aid to Yezidis
    Yasim, a 9-year old boy in a Yezidi refugee camp, has been learning English words from his uncle in the United States. In a recent call, he had a question, "how do you spell 'genocide', and what does it mean?" The Yezidis, an...
  • Tree of Tolerance
    Muslim Women’s Council launches "Daughters of Eve" initiative
    The Muslim Women’s Council has launched a new "Daughters of Eve" Multi-faith Initiative aimed at bringing women from various faith traditions together to foster mutual respect and understanding through discussion, shared insights,...
  • Religious artifacts
    Unique challenges for religious peace
    Interfaith activists tend to focus on the inner makeup of faith and dialogue needed to work effectively for interreligious peace.This article however looks at context, namely the broader world of human relations whereinterfaith effortshappen....
  • The Interfaith Observer
    The Interface Observer tracks the development of the interfaith world
    "When religion and violence are endlessly discussed, analyzed, and carelessly conflated, it behooves us to take time to notice how joy tends to be a defining element in interfaith and interspiritual relationships," writes editor Paul...
  • Interfaith Build
    The house that interfaith built
    Once upon a time there was a single mom named Veronica Hernandez who wanted nothing more than a safe home for herself and her daughter. The income she received as a housekeeper at a hotel in downtown Los Angeles just wasn’t enough to pay the...
  • Parliament of the World's Religions 2015
    Parliament of the World's Religions to gather in Salt Lake City in October
    The Parliament of the World's Religions, a global interfaith assembly whose roots go back into the late 19th century, will convene once again this coming year in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 15-19. This is the first time since 1993 that...
  • Within You Without You
    My Top Ten Favorite Inspirational Songs
    Maybe you need some input about music to buy this holiday season! Here’s my rather eccentric list of spiritual music, chosen from popular songs only, songs that were hits and reached a large audience. I could have chosen songs deliberately...
  • Karen Martens and Rev. Mark Belletini
    City Council agrees to meet with BREAD, discuss Matrícula Consular ID
    Members of the interfaith social justice organization BREAD received welcome news at the Columbus City Council meeting on Monday. City Council President Andrew Ginther announced that several Council members have agreed to meet with BREAD next week...
  • SACO interfaith holiday celebration event to be held on December 17th
    SACO to hold its annual Interfaith Holiday celebration on December 17 this year
    SACO (South Asian Community Outreach) will hold its annual interfaith holiday celebration on Wednesday, December 17th this year. The event is scheduled to start 6:30 P.M. at the Royal Albert Palace in Edison, New Jersey.The highly anticipated...
  • interfaith cooperation in Germany
    Relativism and pluralism: ongoing debate
    In a report about the NAIN Connect gathering in Detroit last August published at State of Formation, Ellie Anders describes the profound friendships that she saw among the older generation of interfaith activists, noting that interfaith...
  • Pastors Jefferey P. Kee and Charles Leister
    City Council to BREAD: Talk with Public Safety about the Matrícula Consular
    On Monday evening the social justice coalition BREAD spoke to Columbus City Council for the fifth time, asking for a meeting to discuss the Matrícula Consular as a form of ID for Mexican citizens living in central Ohio.The interfaith group wants...
  • BREAD returns to City Council, asks again for meeting to discuss Mexican IDs
    BREAD returns to City Council, asks again for meeting to discuss Mexican IDs
    Pastor Joel Miller of theColumbus Mennonite Churchnormally keeps a "Sabbath" every Monday, refraining from all church-related work to devote his time exclusively to to his wife and children. But last Monday he broke his Sabbath to...
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Melbourne Parliament of World Religions, 2009
    Respect and the interfaith treadmill
    There are people who go to church and other places of worship all their lives, every day or every week, practically without exception.There are important ways in which what happens at church, or in the yoga class that I’ve attended for years...
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